Hvannadalsá is a 4 rod fly only salmon river, located on the West Coast of Iceland, aprox. 260 km from Reykjavík. The river is delightful to fish with the fly and the surrounding country side is unique, here you are alone with Iceland.

The origin of the river are other small rivers that have come together to form Hvannadalsa. The river flows right along side Langadalsa aprox 1 km from Ós. The fishing area is magnificent and aprox 7 km long. It begins in Stekkjarfoss all the way to Ós. The waterlevels in Hvannadalsa are much higher and the current stronger than in her big sister Langadalsa. The divercity of fishing pools is great in the river with many waterfalls, rapids in big gorges with some slow running flyfishing streams in between. The river is known for it‘s big salmons which are easily recognized by their girth and mass. Sea char also runs in the river late in the summer.


Catches :

170 salmon in 2005

154 salmon in 2006

150 salmon in 2007

327 salmon in 2008

212 salmon in 2009

465 salmon in 2010










Riffling hitch is the best method during the high summer  Fishing into the last light at pool Ardalsfljot, one of the
when water temperature is over 10° best pools on the river













Imbufljot is a wonderful pool for the riffling hitch.                View down river to water fall Djupi foss and to the sea.











From the middle river.                                                      Hitching the fly at Rettarhylur pool.











From Ardalsfljot pool, here you will see salmon jumping a lot.   


Ideal combination: The Hvannadalsá combines with anyone of our fine rivers provided you don't mind a few hours drive through breathtaking scenery. Laugardalsá and Langadalsá are close to Hvannadalsá.  Hvannadalsá shares the river mouth with Langadalsá, still it has considerably more water then her sister, Langadalsá.  The salmon in Hvannadalsá is known to be husky and thick - great fighters.











View from above the bridge on the main road.                     From the pretty pool Réttarhylur.


In addition to the salmon fishing one can catch a good deal of sea-trout in the river mouth around the tides. Hvannadalsa is gin clear, you can spot Salmon in most of the places from rocks and on the edge of the canyons. The salmon is shy so you have to be very careful !


The cabin is self catering, but has all the facilities for cooking.


Road instructions: The cabin is located in Langidalur 50 km from Hólmavík.  When driving from Hólmavík you should take route nr 61 and follow the roadsign that points to Ísafjörður. Drive through Steingrímsfjarðarheiði until you reach a roadsign on the right hand that says veganúmer 635 (route 635). Go past that sign and a couple of meters ahead  on the left hand there is a road-information-stop (small area to park the car, it has benches and an informationsign). The next turn is the dirt road that leads to Langidalur. You follow the dirt road into the valley past a couple of summerhouses or other lodges which are on the left hand side. 4 km later the Langadalsá-river-lodge is on your right hand side. But to get to the Hvannadalsá-river-cabin you drive past Langadalsá-river-cabin and follow the road 2 km. Then you should arrive at Hvannadalsá-river-cabin on the left. The lodge is white. You don’t have to go over the Langadalsá-river bridge to get to the cabin.


General information : 

Hvannadalsá Location : Westfjords (350 km from Reykjavik)

Fishing season : June 20th to September 20th

Prime time : July 10th to August 20th - Fly only periods

Number of rods : 4

Average size of fish : 9 lbs. All salmon over 70 cm must be realeased. 

Guide : Can be arranged.

Lodge : 4 twin rooms, all modern facilities.

Tackle : Single handed rods 9-10”, weight 7-9, floating line

Best flies : A fast current and clear waters, fairly small flies and small cone heads during early- and mid season – but larger/heavier tubes ( ½ - 1 inch) when water levels rise and temperatures fall. The best flies in Hvannadalsá are :

Black & Red Frances (sizes 12-18, also micro cones and ¼ - 1 inch tubes) Blue Charm (sizes 14 – 18) Green Butt (sizes 12-18, also micro cones and ¼ - 1 inch tubes) Black & Blue (sizes 12 – 16) SunRay Shadow ( 1 – 2 inches) Hitch tubes

Fishing hours : June 12th to August 20th, 07:00 - 13:00 and 16:00 - 22:00 August 20th to August 31st 07:00 - 13:00 and 15:00 - 21:00

Clothing : In spite of the relatively mild climate, you should bring warm clothing and, most importantly, quality rainwear and a windcheater. Please check out the average temperature table here below. Chest waders and wading shoes. 

Tackle disinfection : Iceland has always been free of diseases like UDN and Gyrodactylus salaris and we intend to keep it that way. There is a strict policy of visiting anglers having their tackle sterilized before coming to Iceland. This should be done in a 2% formaldehyde solution for 10 minutes and performed by a veterinary surgeon. (Tackle sterilized in Virkon S is also acceptable.) A signed inventory of what has been sterilized should be provided by the vet for presentation to the customs officers at Keflavik airport. The most important items to be treated are: rods, reel/line, waders and flies.
The process can be carried out by staff at Keflavik airport. The office is located at the far side of the baggage reclaim hall, downstairs in the airport. Just notify one of the personnel in the area that you need your tackle disinfected and they will have a member of the staff come and complete the process. The price for one fishing set is 3.500 Icelandic kronurs.

Flights : There are two airlines that offer a scheduled flights to Iceland : Icelandair, www.icelandair.is; Iceland Express www.icelandexpress.is

Documentation & Visas : Citizens from the European Economic Area (comprising the EU, Switzerland and Liechtenstein), US and Canada need only a passport valid for at least three months after the planned date of arrival to enter Iceland for up to three months.

Currency : Icelandic Krona. Visa and Eurocard/Mastercard credit cards and Maestro and Visa Electron are accepted widely.

Language : Icelandic, but Icelanders speak English as well.

Electricity : Most facilities operate on 220-wolt, 50-cycle system. A Converter will be necessary for any electrical items that require a 110-volt, 60-cycle system.



Last edited: 2013-04-26